I was looking forward to watching the Spurs vs. Bolton FA Cup soccer game yesterday (I am a Spurs fan). Most of the way through the first half, and the match was pretty boring. The teams were tied, and there wasn't a whole lot of action from either side, and any action there was amounted to nothing. It was sort of boring, so I lost concentration and started playing with Simon. I looked back on the tv and noticed that the whole stadium was completely silent- no one, not even the spectators, was talking. Halftime hadn't even been called yet, and the announcers were starting to buzz with word that the referee was going to declare the match abandoned.*
Apparently one of the Bolton players just keeled over and collapsed face-first on the ground. He wasn't anywhere near the ball or any other players. Medics couldn't revive him, and he wasn't breathing when they carted him out of the stadium. There were tons of conflicting stories being banded about for a while, but the official word was that Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack. He's now in an intensive care unit in critical condition, and he may or may not make it.
It was so weird seeing an entire crowd of English soccer fans absolutely silent- it isn't a real soccer match without a few punches being thrown. As usual, various morons accused Muamba of taking illegal drugs (he was clean), and someone vandalized his Wikipedia page to say that he was dead (this has since been changed). I don't know why I'm so affected by this- I had little idea who he was (never really followed Bolton). Maybe it's the fact that he's only 23. Maybe it's the fact that so many major figures in the soccer world are coming together to offer support and to wish him well, when these people often can't have a remotely civilized conversation under normal circumstances. Either way, everyone is hoping he progresses well.
*Anyone who knows anything knows that the English love their soccer, so for a match to be abandoned, it's a massive deal.